IGHV4-39 deletion polymorphism does not associate with risk or outcome of multiple sclerosis.
Watson CT., Ramagopalan SV., Morrison KM., Ebers GC., Breden F.
The restricted use of immunoglobulin heavy chain variable (IGHV) family 4 gene segments by clonally expanded B cells in brain lesions and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients is well documented. Specifically, the overrepresentation of gene IGHV4-39 has been highlighted in multiple studies. To investigate the role of IGHV4-39 in MS, we screened 193 MS cases, representing the extremes of clinical outcome (benign and malignant), and 187 controls for a previously reported germline deletion polymorphism containing IGHV4-39. We did not reveal a genetic association linking this polymorphism to MS risk or progression.